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Civil War Soldiers - Carlin
|Carlin, William P., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Rich Woods, Greene county, Ill., Nov. 24. 1829,
and was graduated at the United States military academy in 1850, with
the brevet rank of 2nd lieutenant. After serving in garrison duty at
Fort Snelling, Minn., he became 1st lieutenant in the 6th infantry,
March 3, 1855, and took part in Gen. Harney's expedition against the
Sioux in that year. He commanded a company in the expedition against
the Cheyennes the following year, spent the years from 1858 to 1860 in
California, and on March 2, 1861, was promoted captain. He entered the
volunteer service in August of that year as colonel of the 38th Ill.
volunteers, and was present at the defeat of Gen. Jeff. Thompson at
Fredericktown, Mo., Oct. 21, 1861, after which he commanded the
district of southeastern Missouri. He won promotion to
brigadier-general of volunteers for gallant action at Perryville, in
Oct., 1862, took part in the Tullahoma campaign and the battles of
Chickamauga, Lookout mountain and Missionary ridge. He was brevetted
lieutenant-colonel for distinguished service at Chattanooga, and in
Feb., 1864, as major of the 16th U. S. infantry, was engaged in the
Georgia campaign and the surrender of Atlanta. He won the brevet of
colonel, U. S. A., at Jonesboro, Ga., Sept. 1, 1864, and for faithful
and efficient service during the war, he was made, on March 13, 1865,
brevet major-general of volunteers, and brevet brigadier-general and
major-general U. S. A. After the war he was engaged in frontier duty
during the Indian troubles, was made colonel of the 4th infantry, in
1882, and was retired in 1893.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908